Sid McCray, the original singer of punk pioneers Bad Brains, has sadly died. A cause of death is yet to be revealed.
The news has been shared by McCray’s family on the band’s Facebook page, accompanied with a link to a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to raise money for a memorial service. McCray was the frontman in the founding line-up of the Washington group in 1977 but departed the group the following year.
McCray helped write some of their early songs, including ‘The Regulator’, which he even performed with the band back in 2017 as a special guest during a secret show. McCray is credited for introducing the rest of the group to punk rock which made Bad Brains possible.
“Sidney McCray aka ‘SidMac’ the original lead singer & cofounder of the Punk Rock Band Bad Brains. Passed on September 9, 2020. He is remembered and loved by seven children, family, friends, his former band members and a host of loyal fans,” the Go Fund Me page reads.
“Sidney’s children would like to have a Memorial Service for their father and are gratefully in acceptance of donations. Contributions will solely go towards the Last Honors for SidMac. We Thank You in advance for your Condolences, Love and Prayers,” the post continues.
The GoFundMe page has now reached over the $5,000 total which McCray’s family tried to raise in otder to pay for his memorial service costs.